My first post to the forum is a request for help! I needed to drain a portion of my pool to lower my CYA, and I forgot to turn off the auto timer for the pump/filter while it was refilling. So I came home yesterday to find the pump running (dry) and it had been on for 4-5 hours. It was smoking hot. I let it cool and managed to re-prime. It is 'working' BUT, I see a steady drip coming from the pump in the area between the basket (volute?) and the motor, and there is continuous air in the basket as well as bubbles coming from the return lines in the pool.
I have not dis-assembled. On the surface, nothing appears melted or warped but I'm assuming I damaged internal components. My questions are:
1. Is it possible to fix?
2. Is it difficult to remove / dis-assemble?
3. What should I check for/replace if I take it apart?
4. The pump is in its 8th season. Is it worth it to fix, or should I accept my (costly/stupid) mistake and replace? I don't know their lifespan.
Here's the current setup. It's a Pentair WhisperFlo (Model WFE-26)
I can post more pictures, but wanted to get some initial thoughts...
Thanks in advance!